Howard Nemerov on the Brady Campaign state ranking and crime rates:
Further evidence of bias appears when correlating Brady scores with FBI violent crime rates. Only six states, plus D.C., scored over 50 (on a scale of 100). All but one of Bradyâ€™s â€œtop 7â€ restrict law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed handguns. Bradyâ€™s â€œbestâ€ averaged a violent crime rate of 577.3 and a Brady score of 64.1. Bradyâ€™s nine â€œworstâ€ all received a score under 6, and all have liberal concealed carry laws (also called â€œright-to-carryâ€). They averaged a violent crime rate of 398.1â€“â€“45.0% lower than Bradyâ€™s â€œbestâ€ statesâ€“â€“and a Brady score of 3.4.
Says a lot, I think. Howard does a lot of great analysis, and this is definitely in that category.
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I’ve done my own analysis on Brady scores vs FBI violent crime rate by state. I calculated the statistical correlation, and found that it was well below statistical significance. Full disclosure, it was a simplistic analysis, with no correction for other factors that may be relevant like population or income.
I was actually surprised, I would have expected a negative correlation.
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